Lancashire drinks stores score well in test purchases
Drinks retailers in two Lancashire towns have been praised by police after gaining a 100 per cent pass rate during a round of test purchases.
Lancashire police sent test purchasers to 10 off-licences in Burnley and Padiham on Feb 8 as part of an operation to stamp out alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour in the county.
The stores were chosen for visits after residents at community meetings said they suspected that under-18s were buying alcohol from them.
However, community beat manager, PC Ian Thompson, who led the operation, said: "I am pleased to say that not one of the off-licences checked failed the test purchase and all members of staff carried out the correct checks in asking for identification to prove that the youths were over 18 years old.”